Thursday, April 11, 2013
A math contest brought Westwood's Elementary students to pit their skill in calculation against one another.
The 5th annual Math Meet brough more than 160 Westwood Elementary School students togehter on Wednesday to pit their math skills against one another. "You get bored talking about it, this way you get to practice with your friends," Zach Conway, a 3rd grade student said at the event. The using group collaboration problem-solving and speed rounds, students enthusiastically solved equations in a subject students are sometimes less than passionate about, event coordinators said. "We tell folks, this isn't just for the smart kids, this is for everybody. This is enrichment," John Cummings, a volunteer at the event, said.
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Passionate teacher encourages students to explore other cultures and will lead trip to Peru in February, where they will visit remnants of ancient civilization, learn about Peruvian culture and volunteer at a poverty-stricken elementary school.
This February, when most Westwood High School students will be using their vacation time to hang out with their friends around town, Spanish teacher Katelyn Testa will be taking 19 students to Peru to visit historic sites, see the culture firsthand and spend time at an impoverished elementary school. “Peru is just amazing,” said Testa, the energetic seventh year Westwood High teacher. “I told the kids, ‘this opportunity might not come up again.’” Which is one of the main reasons many of the students decided to go on this trip. “Peru seems really different and interesting,” said Izzy Donabed, a sophomore going on the trip. “It’s different than going to France or Spain because it’s more difficult to get to Peru and it’s a once-in-a-lifetime …
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Massachusetts had an adjusted graduation rate of 83 percent for the 2010-2011 school year, while Westwood High School's adjusted graduation rate that year was 98.9 percent.
Massachusetts didn't make the top 10 high school graduation rates in the nation, according to preliminary data released by the U.S. Department of Education on Monday, but Westwood schools have a higher graduation rate than the state average. The graduation rates released Monday are for the 2010-2011 school year—the first year for which all states used a common, adjusted four-year cohort graduation rate, according to a U.S. Department of Education press release. Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) spokesman JC Considine told Patch in an e-mail that Massachusetts has been computing cohort graduation rates since 2006, which are available on the DESE website. According to the preliminary state-reported data…
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
We're bringing you the Westwood-Wayland football playoff game live.
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Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Westwood High School being honored in Washington, D.C. this week along with 37 other high schools as "Exemplary Performing."
Earlier this year it was announced that Westwood High School had been named a Blue Ribbon School, one of 38 schools receiving an "Exemplary Performing" status from the Secretary of Education. Now, two months later, the National Awards Ceremony is taking place. Principal Sean Bevan is there, as is social studies teach Jonas Sherr, who was chosen by department heads as the teacher to represent the high school faculty. "It's definitely a great honor to represent the faculty," Sherr said in an email last week. "We have a tremendous group of teachers here. They really care about their students and with the help of our administration and support from the community, they've created a great environment for kids to learn." Yesterday the events in …
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Westwood High School held a school-wide mock election last Friday. A look at those results compared to the official Town of Westwood election results.
On November 2, just four days before the residents of the Town of Westwood would cast their ballots, students and staff at Westwood High School participated in a mock election for President and U.S. Senate that was organized by the school's Legislative Council. "It's important to give students a chance to see what it's like in a real election and to get a sense of what students think," Jake Greenberg, a junior in his third year on the Legislative Council, said. The WHS results were in before the actual election, but now that the results from Westwood are in as well, Patch thought it would be fun to take a look at both sets of results for the Presidential vote to see how the students' views in this election compared to the residents in town…
Thursday, November 1, 2012
The 17-year-old stays active in many activities and has many talents, but she has always found a way to embrace and stay involved in her family's cultural heritage.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Robert Rosen
Thursday, November 1, 2012
The United States is made up of people who have brought portions of their culture from all over the world. Whether newly immigrated to America or a member of a family that has been here for generations, many people often keep part of the culture that their ancestors cultivated in the countries or parts of the world where they originally came from. Westwood High School senior Kimberly Huang has been involved in the Chinese cultural arts since she was about 4-years-old, participating in Chinese dance, martial arts (Wushu) and music. Huang is also involved in many other activities, including the debate team and academic decathlon. “Over 39 years of teaching, she is one of the most well-rounded students I’ve known,” Westwood High teacher David…
Monday, September 24, 2012
Among those spotted in the crowd at the reincarnation of Westwood Day this weekend were: Westwood officials, smiling families, Gail Huff, State Rep. Paul McMurtry, a clown on stilts, and many more.
It was a day filled with fun, laughs, smiles and more. The revitalized Westwood Day - an event the town had not celebrated for more than 20 years - arrived on Saturday at Westwood High School. A Vendor Village offering various items and fun experiences, live entertainment, food, demonstrations, and other items were available for all to enjoy. And nearly everywhere one could spot the creative Westwood Day logo that was designed by Westwood High School senior Danielle Kaplan. Westwood Recreation Director David Burnes could be spotted zipping through the crowd on foot or on motorized cart, shaking hands and smiling at everyone he encountered. And the day also welcomed its fair share of political figures as well. State Rep. Paul McMurtry (D…
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Here are five things you should know right here in Westwood.
1. A reminder to all parents with children in the Westwood Public Schools- tomorrow is an early release day. The Deerfield School will get out at 11:25 a.m., while the other elementary schools will get out at 11:50 a.m. The High School will be released at 12:40 p.m. and the middle school will let out at 1:10 p.m. 2. Thursday is picture day for students at Westwood High. 3. You can check out the Westwood Laughter Circle tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. It's a form of yoga with laughter thrown in. 4. The Lois Riley Scholarship Walk is this Sunday at 1 p.m. 5. Coaches, upload your scores, stats, photos etc. to a blog! We still want to know what's going on with the Wolverines.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Westwood High School was named "Exemplary High Performing" by the U.S. Department of Education. Which teachers do you think have stood out in making it such a great school?
Westwood High School was named a Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. Schools don't achieve this honor without having excellent teachers. In order to achieve Blue Ribbon status, a school must have a lot of outstanding teachers. But who are the best teachers at Westwood High? Which teachers have gone above and beyond what any other teacher could be expected to do to make sure you understood the material? Who is just flat-out the best at explaining things? Who is the teacher whose class you look forward to going to everyday because (s)he is energetic and lively and you know that they'll keep learning fun and exciting? Who is the best teacher at Westwood High School? Tell us in the comments section.